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Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | 1960 – Sharpeville opens the ‘silent Sixties’

The Sharpeville shooting marked a turning point in Apartheid’s fortunes. The massacre of 69 protestors by police galvanised world opinion and was the first real shot-in-the-arm to the anti-Apartheid movement in the West. Meanwhile, inside the country, Sharpeville set off a wave of rioting and unrest and set the stage for an entirely new level of Government repression in the decade to come.

MY Mandela
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MY Mandela

For me, the tears that have surprised me over my cornflakes as I watch breakfast TV updates on his condition, are very real indeed. They stem from a love of my country but also from a very personal experience of meeting Mr Mandela. From that moment on, Nelson Mandela wasn’t just an anti-apartheid hero, a former president, or a Nobel prize winner, he was someone whose hands I had held. He was MY Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela memorabilia sales fly high

Nelson Mandela coins and medallions lead the surge in Mandela memorabilia purchases on South African auction website bidorbuy. Top items include a Mandela centenary 1kg gold medallion that sold for R640,000 and a signed photograph on offer at R85,000.

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Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | 1956: On Trial for Treason

The immediate after-effect of the adoption of the Freedom Charter was increasing paranoia in the Apartheid state. As Chief Albert Luthuli said of the Treason Trial which came shortly thereafter: “That grim pre-dawn raid, deliberately calculated to strike terror into hesitant minds and impress upon the entire nation the determination of the governing clique to stifle all opposition, made one hundred and fifty-six of us, belonging to all the races of our land, into a group of accused facing one of the most serious charges in any legal system.”

1953: In search of a ‘Freedom
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1953: In search of a ‘Freedom Charter’ for the Struggle

Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | With the involvement of the South African Indian Congress, the Coloured People’s Congress, the South African Congress of Trade Unions and the Congress of Democrats, the ANC planned a Congress of the People, calling on all South Africans to send in proposals for a post-apartheid era.